Joker's Wild: Three Nights

Author: Lena Matthews

Publisher: Samhain Publications

Release Date: November 21, 2006

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: EBOOK

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Chris Wilson’s interest in his secretary has gone far beyond shorthand and coffee. His mind is full of wicked thoughts of chasing her around the office and giving in to his baser needs. Eventually he would have happily caved in and succumbed to his desire but then he learns that Eliza has a daughter. Chris has a firm policy to never date women with children and he isn’t going to break his own rules for anybody . . . even if Eliza is almost too tempting to resist.

Eliza Rivera is extremely attracted to Chris. She thought the feeling was mutual. Over the past several months she’s noticed his heated looks and defintely heard the sexual innuendos, but then he met her daughter and has become cold and distant. Eliza doesn’t know what happened to cause such a drastic change, but she’s determined to find out.

It’s been an uncomfortable two weeks at the office since Chris met Eliza’s daughter, Jocelyn. The once friendly banter between Chris and Eliza is gone, but the underlying sexual tension is still there. From the change in his attitude, Eliza assumes he doesn’t like kids and if that’s the case than there’s no point daydreaming about a relationship with him, but there’s no reason she shouldn’t be able to satisfy her sexual desire for the man, now is there?

Chris’s partner’s girlfriend, Kayla, has invited her to join in the monthly poker game. Of course, neither woman bothers to tell Chris that Eliza's been invited Eliza and he’s not at all happy when she shows up at Dylan and Kayla’s apartment. He attempts to escape her by going to the kitchen for drinks but all he really does is provide her a way to get him alone for a long overdue confrontation. Chris admits that he doesn’t date women with kids, and Eliza responds that she doesn’t date men who don’t like kids. Both are at an impasse until they decide to admit to what they do want. Chris wants wild uninhibited sex anyway and every way he can imagine, no strings attached. Eliza wants three nights in which he’d fulfill three of her deepest fantasies. After that he can walk out of her life if he chooses, she won’t beg or plead. Looks like another high stakes poker tournament is about to take place. Can you possibly resist not knowing who wins or what Eliza’s deepest fantasies may be?

THREE NIGHTS is the second book in Lena Matthews JOKERS WILD series. I was able to really get into this story and absolutely love Eliza’s bravado with the way she confronts Chris. Chris has valid reasons for not dating women with children and I was easily able to sympathize with him. Jocelyn is adorable and I think anyone would be hard pressed to resist befriending her. In addition to Chris and Eliza’s wild bet that results in some hilarious circumstances, we’re also treated to more of Dylan and Kayla from CALL ME. Beautifully done, Ms. Matthews! This book is full of characters whom I adored, but it’s also heart-warmingly funny while providing readers with a better understanding of the differences between men and women’s fantasies.

Watch for the next book in the series, STRIPPED BARE to be released at some point in the future.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne

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